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Share a Message of Welcome and Joy

Providing hospitality to people seeking refuge is a hallmark of the holiday season.

As part of our winter celebration this year, UUSC is collecting cards, drawings, and welcome messages to send to our partners on the U.S.-Mexico border who are working tirelessly to support asylum-seekers as they arrive in the United States. These cards will be shared with migrant children and families who have recently arrived to remind them that they have a home and are welcome here.

We must counteract the hateful rhetoric and violence the Trump administration has shown to asylum-seekers who desire to become part of our communities. UUSC staff recently traveled to El Paso, Texas to learn more and support organizations working on the border to welcome asylum-seekers—read Hannah Hafter’s account of her trip.

We believe we can show asylum-seekers a welcome that is stronger and louder than the messages of hate and fear they are hearing from the Trump administration. Please join us by coming together with your families, friends, and congregations to create, decorate, and sign welcome cards and pictures for people fleeing violence. Sample messages and instructions can be found below.

Cards received by December 17 will arrive to our partners in time for the holidays, but you are encouraged to send cards of support and solidarity to arrive any time before January 25.

Keep scrolling for further instructions – here are some friends who have generously taken action to make cards! 

Card-Making Instructions

  • Draw, create, or purchase cards and include messages of welcome to recently arrived asylum-seekers. If children participate, please add their ages next to their names.

Consider including the following phrases:

You are not alone – ¡No están solos!
You are welcome here – ¡Están bienvenidos aquí!
We want you here – Queremos que estén aquí.
We are in solidarity with you – Estamos en solidaridad con ustedes.
Be strong – ¡Fuerza!
With affection – Con cariño
Feliz Navidad – Merry Christmas
Próspero Año Nuevo – Happy New Year

  • Take pictures of your card-making parties to share with UUSC! Send images to info [@] uusc.org.
  • Send cards to arrive at UUSC by Monday, December 17, 2018 or by Friday, January 25, 2019:

Attn: Holiday Card Action
UUSC
689 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Note: UUSC staff will be organizing the cards into stringed banners to be hung around our partners’ multiple shelter sites. If you are sending multiple cards, please help us in this project by sending only the cards and artwork inside only one envelope rather than individual envelopes for each card.

Thank you to the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Evanston, Ill. for their support and inspiration in creating this action. Thank you to Liandra Pires, Deer Sullivan, Susan Spaven, Karen Coale, and BVM Sisters for sharing your photos and videos of your card-making with us, and to the many more who have generously taken action!